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Penguins Pulpit: Kessel, 60-Minute Effort & Goalless Players

Penguins Pulpit: Kessel, 60-Minute Effort & Goalless Players

October 16th, 2018 After a four-day break following their second game of the season, the Pittsburgh Penguins returned to action with a two-game slate. On Thursday night, the team defeated the Vegas Golden Knights by a score of 4-2; with Phil Kessel recording his first hat trick as a Penguin. The story was...
5 Penguins That Need to Shine in Schultz's Absence

5 Penguins That Need to Shine in Schultz's Absence

October 16th, 2018 The Pittsburgh Penguins may have failed to secure the extra point in their 4-3 shootout loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night, but that wasn't the worst news of the evening. Defenseman Justin Schultz suffered a lower leg fracture after an awkward fall in the corner and is expected to...

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October 8th, 2018
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The Pittsburgh Penguins are excellent at rehabilitating defensemen. But it's also rare to see them praised for their defense: especially coming off a 7-6 overtime win against the Washington Capitals, an opener that felt like an early 90's time warp. Even Sidney Crosby couldn't contain his excitement when he referred to "old time hockey" in a post-game interview. There is something fundamentally risky about the Penguins' style of play, going back to the Lemieux era. The team has had Hall of Fame defensemen patrol the blue line over the decades, but a safe defensive game has never been the hallmark of their play. Perhaps now more than ever, the effect of such an aggressive offensive strategy is visible. When it works, it facilitates the skilled forwards, and when it fails, it causes glaring turnovers and unnecessary goals against. Embracing Risky Hockey No defenseman embodies the Penguins more than Kris Letang. His benefits and drawbacks have been discussed in great...
October 8th, 2018
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For the first time since the 2015-16 season, the Pittsburgh Penguins weren't entering as the defending Stanley Cup Champions. Instead, they were looking to get revenge for their second-round defeat at the hands of the Washington Capitals — the new defending champs. They were given an early chance to do so, opening the 2018-19 schedule against the Capitals on Oct. 4. The Penguins came out of the game 7-6 victory in overtime. The Penguins' second game of the week was a 5-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens where they were thoroughly embarrassed. Of course, it's too early to push the panic button, but allowing 11 goals in the first two games isn't an ideal beginning to the season. While the season is only two games old, there's still been a number of things to take note of — both good and bad. In this week's edition of Penguins Pulpit, we'll look at Kris Letang setting the team record for points by a defenseman, the team's turnover and defensive issues, and Matt Murray's dreadful...
October 7th, 2018
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It isn't out of the ordinary for the Pittsburgh Penguins, but after a high-scoring overtime victory against the Washington Capitals and an embarrassing 5-1 defeat to the Montreal Canadiens on home ice, they have a laundry list of problems to solve after just two games. Last year, the Penguins surrendered 15 goals in their first two games, so the 11 they've given up to the Capitals and Canadiens is sadly an improvement. Over the past decade, the team has rarely won playing defense first. The Penguins have been reliant on their superstars and have never been a shutdown team in their own end. For them, a good defense has always been a good offense. After two games, they are 1-1-0, so its a far cry from hitting the panic button, but here are three issues that need to be immediately addressed: Matt Murray's Lackluster Play As long as Marc-Andre Fleury is still in the league, there will always be a goalie controversy in Pittsburgh. It's hard to argue that the Penguins...
October 4th, 2018
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The Pittsburgh Penguins didn't have to fill many holes on their roster during the offseason, so it was natural to assume the 12 forwards and six defensemen would be set from day one of training camp; but as the famous saying goes, that's why you play the games. The team completed its six-game preseason with a record of 2-3-1, but don't sound the alarms yet. As always, the preseason is more about getting properly prepared for the next six months of hockey than it is the results. Nevertheless, there were still a number of takeaways from the exhibition slate, from Juuso Riikola impressing to Daniel Sprong and Zach Aston-Reese struggling and lastly, neither Casey DeSmith or Tristan Jarry instilling much confidence as backup options. Riikola Makes the Team When the Penguins signed Riikola from KalPa of Liiga — Finland's top league — back in May, it was assumed he would start in the AHL with Wilkes-Barre Scranton to get acclimated to the North American style of the game. He would...

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10 Greatest Pittsburgh Penguins in Franchise History

The Penguins have been supremely fortunate to offer their fans two of the game's all-time legends in Mario Lemieux and Sidney Crosby. But it takes more than a single superstar to win Cups, they need other greats to support them. These players as well as some of the legends in the team's storied... May 26th, 2018

Penguins Hockey - The Last Days of the Igloo

Pittsburgh’s Civic Arena, affectionately known as The Igloo and former home of Penguins hockey, is finally being demolished. - Story by Brian Lutz Strange things happen before every Pittsburgh Penguins home game. Up until game time, everyone lucky enough to secure tickets does the same... October 24th, 2011